Coming soon: two delicious ways to experience Indian culture and cuisine. First, Indian Summer Festival’s Opening Gala on July 3, followed by Vikram Vij’s newest restaurant, My Shanti.

Indian Summer Festival Vancouver Opening Gala

Indian Summer Festival‘s Opening Gala is the must-attend event of summer. If you still need convincing, here are 3 reasons why you should buy tickets for your friends, family and neighbours right this second before they sell out:

1. “It’s a journey through the subcontinent – not just India – but further down to Southeast Asia, to Thailand and to China,” says celebrity chef-entrepreneur Vikram Vij, who curates the delectable foodie tour at this year’s gala. Vikram has invited some of Vancouver’s best restaurants to join the party: Blue Water Cafe, Bob Likes Thai Food, Bao Bei, Atithi, Cafe Kathmandu, and Vij’s.

Vikram Vij Indian Summer Festival

2. The atmosphere is made all the more revelatory by the gorgeous Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown. With fine wine and signature cocktails, plus impromptu live performances by acclaimed writers, poets and musicians, it’s a night of never-ending pleasure.

3. Jugni Style is hosting a best dressed contest on-site, so pull out your best saris, gowns, pantsuits, jumpsuits, tuxes, and lehengas. Well accessorized guests get extra points. Over accessorized guests, well… 

Enter Jugni Style’s contest to win 4 tickets to the Indian Summer Festival Opening Gala on July 3, 2014.

 

The other exciting news is the opening of Vikram Vij’s newest restaurant in South Surrey, My Shanti. This isn’t the modern cuisine of Vij’s that your parents may have complained about. This is serious, homestyle Indian food.

Vikram Vij, photo by Jordan Junck

“This is totally my baby, based on my travels through India. Delhi aloo chaat. Jaipur kachori. Bangalore boneless meat,” says Vikram. “It’s what I ate in people’s homes. This is not modern cooking.”

The menu includes a couple of unexpected additions, including a Peruvian shrimp ceviche served in a gol gappa (pani puri) with tamarind water – a mix of his travels in Peru and India. My Shanti is now open at 15870 Croydon Drive, Morgan’s Crossing, Surrey.